It is abundantly clear that Donald Trump, America’s first reality TV game show host to serve as president, learned everything he knows about communications from his shallow experience in the world of television. Everything he says – whether good news or bad – has the stench of a sleazy infomercial. And Trump pumps out his propaganda as if he’s peddling Sham-Wow rags to the trailer park crowd.
On Friday morning Trump held what he called a press conference, although he left after making a statement and took no questions at all. He greeted the press corps with strange praise saying that “I noticed you’re starting to get much closer together. Looks much better.” What Trump failed to mention was that the chairs were originally arranged in compliance with social distancing guidance, but before the press arrived Trump’s staff rearranged them to put everyone closer together, and more at risk. Talk about rearranging the deck chairs on the Titanic.
Trump only crawled out from his bunker to crow about a new set of jobs numbers indicating that some of the millions of Americans who became unemployed due his negligent and incompetent mishandling of the coronavirus pandemic had returned to work. Trump presented this data as a “Mission Accomplished” moment, despite the fact that the unemployment rate is still at historic highs (13.1%) and more than 20 million Americans are still not working. And in a bizarre conflation of concepts, Trump praised the economic news as somehow being beneficial to George Floyd, the African-American man who was murdered by police last week. Trump beamed that…
“Hopefully, George is looking down right now and saying this is a great thing that’s happening for our country. This is a great day for him, it’s a great day for everybody. This is a great day for everybody. This is a great, great day in terms of equality.”
Really? Even if the jobs numbers are accurate (and with the Trump administration that’s a risky assumption), the unemployment rate for whites declined from 14.2% to 12.4%. But for African-Americans it rose from 16.7% to 16.8%. What a great day for George.
UPDATE: As it turns out, there was a huge miscalculation in the unemployment rate. The real number is closer to 20%, which is near a record high and is what analysts predicted.
Earlier in the day, Trump displayed a measure of anxiety in his standard way: by firing off a frantic tweetstorm. This is how he lets the world know when he’s scared, planting himself on his Twitter throne and blasting out an incoherent stream of invective and flagrant distortions of reality (aka lies). And on Friday morning Trump was busy not being president as he rattled off a record 131 posts on Twitter. Most of them (115) were retweets of Republican senators. And most of those were promoting 13 of the senators running for reelection in competitive races. Some of the most at-risk GOP senators who got shout-outs from Trump were Martha McSally (AZ), Tom Cotton (AR), Cory Gardner (CO), and Thom Tillis (NC). Eighteen others were either in close races or held safe Republican seats. Democrats only need four seats to flip to take control of the Senate.
For some reason Trump didn’t bother to help out his pals Mitch McConnell (KY) or Lindsey Graham (SC), who are both facing strong Democratic challengers. He also left out Susan Collins (ME), who is struggling survive, and Kelly Loeffler (GA), who is embroiled in an insider trading scandal.
The bottom line is that Trump wouldn’t cough up more than a hundred tweets featuring senators running for reelection five months before election day – and during an ongoing pandemic – and while there is nationwide civil unrest – unless he was worried about losing both the presidency and the Republican majority in the Senate. If he is worried, it may be the first thing he’s gotten right in three and a half years. The likelihood of Democratic victories for the Senate and the White House increase every day as Trump’s failures drive his approval ratings ever lower. and his toxicity is rubbing off on his party confederates. At some point they are going to flee like the proverbial rats that they are. And that will leave Trump all alone and trembling in his bunker.
UPDATE: Today Trump hit a new record of a staggering 195 tweets (including 161 retweets) in a single day. That’s About one tweet every four minutes for 13.5 hours.
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12 thoughts on “Rearranging the Deck Chairs on the Trump-tanic: Sinking Hopes for 2020”
Trump is a demonstrated narcissistic sociopath that is mentally unfit for public office. We must question the competence and desired goals of the entire GOP for presenting him as the nominated leader of their political party.
For the Record, these are the GOP senators that Trump promoted in his tweetstorm:
Dan Sullivan (AL), Martha McSally (AZ), Tom Cotton (AR), Cory Gardner (CO), David Perdue (GA), Jim Risch (ID), Joni Ernst (IA), Pat Roberts (KS), Bill Cassidy (LA), Cindy Hyde-Smith (MS), Steve Daines (MO), Thom Tillis (NC), and Mike Enzi (WY).
The GOP currently in Congress & other gov’t poditions has shown what it is that they want & what thay value! It is “Trumpdum” & more scarily stupid than that, it is 4 more yrs of it that THEY are promoting & supporting. As IF we, as a nation, as democracy, would have ANY CHSNCE AT ALL of surviving 4 more yrs. intact. Now way we can!! They know that! Every thinking person knows that!
WE WILL NOT SURVIVE 4 MORE YRS OF THE TRUMP-PUPPET & THE EVIL POWER PEOPLE BEHIND HIS THRONE!!
Does anyone actually believe that a REAL president, actually doing the work of U.S. President, has the TIME to be (so often) sending HUNDREDS of tweets/retweets in a day? And, spending 1/3 of his time in office relaxing at resorts & playing lousy golf?
LOOK AT Trump’s daily schedule! “Executive time” ~ a cutesy term they made up for all the time he spends NOT BEING PRESIDENT everyday! There is no way in heaven or hell that anyone can spend SO LITTLE TIME doing real work of being our president!
So, before anyone votes for him, ask yourself WHO you are REALLY VOTING FOR? You need to know who is REALLY in charge & making the important day-to-day decisions that are running this Country! Running it into the ground, that is!
The tweeting orange buffoon IS NOT — he CANNOT BE the “brains behind the operation”!! So, who are you really voting for? And WHY are they hiding behind Trump’s large & offensive shadow?
It seems that Kushner is the name heard most behind stupid decisions, but he can’t be doing it alone cuz’ e too, came into hos job knowing absolutely NOTHING anout it!
Ha, those should be hand claps.
Your unbelievable misguided opinion against Trump is not only ridiculous but it gets so old. When are all of the haters going to realize that people don’t believe what you print or say anymore. Your bias has made your credibility non-existent. Look at the ratings of the news media, other than Fox. They are all in the toilet. Just what is it about Trump that has every one of you throwing away not only your credibility but more importantly your integrity. The twisting of every single news story really gets old. What ever happened to news agencies remaining neutral? Also, do you really think that anyone gives a fat rat’s ass what you, news anchors, or celebrities think ! Your opinions mean zilch. What really is amazing is in 2016 all of you thought we were buying into your garbage polls and where the election was going! I am pretty darn sure 2020 will be a victory again for America with another 4 years of President Trump. Our country sure doesn’t need a President who clearly has deteriorating mental capacity. Oh, but wait, it’s well known that he will be sitting in the basement of the White House while some hand-picked person will be doing the work for him. The “Drain the Swamp” has really been more apparent than ever. The underhanded and unlawful things the Democrats have done is so unbelievable. The only thing that can be said is that karma is a bitch and there is a great deal of that coming.
Thanks for that outstanding example of Trump Cultism.
Your comment fails to rebut a single point made in this article. But it does show an ignorance of TV ratings (CNN and MSNBC are at record highs), and of polling (2016 polls showed Hillary getting more votes, which she did). But you enjoy your delusions as you support the most ignorant, hateful, mentally deficient “president” in history.
Excellent response, MarkNC!
And that’s why “you da man”… & I am….well, NOT!
Hahahahahahaha…Your words are hilarious.
If ppl take every single thing you said & just “flip it over” to the exact opposite side you attribute it to, they would then be 100% correct!
That includes all the derogatory comments to those of us who are able to see the obvious flaws in your nonsense & whose eyes are NOT blinded to the truth of who & what Trump most assuredly IS.
Your points WOULD BE quite accurate, were you to turn them 180° & point them the opposite direction.
OR… Perhaps you are another stinkin’ troll?
OR… Perhaps even worse, working for Trump’s campaign, in his “war room”?!?
(My guess would be the latter of those.)
In any case, you are certainly NOT the average Trump-thumper, as you try & portray yourself as ~ they don’t speak in complete sentences, nor use words beyond a 3rd-4th grade comprehension level. So you are, in any case, a phony. A fake. A plant. Just another slob spouting the party lines. Any chimpanzee could do that, especially since they provide you the talking points (lies) you are to use. Don’t waste your time here, where thinking people go; try Facebook ~ they believe anything over there!
“VOTING BLUE IS THE ONLY SANE THING TO DO IF YOU LOVE THE USA!”
I am waiting for Trump to run up a white flag over the White House, and paste up some huge posters on his new wire fence saying “Orange Lives Matter!”
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